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Today we're releasing the new Bing API Web Page Error Toolkit. The new Toolkit replaces the previous version, and provides the following enhancements:
As much as ten percent of the traffic to large web sites is heading for pages that either don’t exist or have been moved. Most web servers return a generic 404 error page or a sitemap when a user’s desired page cannot be found. These unhelpful pages often result in a dead end for users.
With the Bing API Web Page Error Toolkit, you can create dynamic 404 pages that contain customized error messages along with search results seeded with relevant keywords to help your users move past the missing page and find the information they need.
The Toolkit is an ASP.net application that replaces the default error page on your IIS server. The Toolkit enables you to send an AJAX client call to the Bing API that returns results for the specified domain and locale. You control the number of results returned on your page, choose whether to offer spelling corrections, and customize your error message.
You also have the option of choosing from several keyword extraction strategies that are included with the install, or providing your own implementation.
Get the Toolkit
To install the Toolkit, navigate to the Web Page Error Toolkit page on the Microsoft Download Center.
Happy 404s-no-more, Eric Carter and Tom Rudick Bing API Development Team
i thoght bing were no were near like google mork like ask jeeves and ask jeeves suck
does this include bing is finally indexing all our pages?
Good job, congratulaions
VERY USEFUL FOR VIDEOS
Thanks anyway.but, Is that so?
Actually, for Apache server, 404 error can be dynamically handled. Can you API be used on Apache server?
@directfone: The code is release in non-viral open source under MS-PL: you can freely port it to other environments and use the same logic from (for example) Apache. I would love to see community-maintained ports of Apache and Java ports of this utility.
Note that what is new here is not that the error is dynamically handled, but that the page that handles the error can in fact issue a query scoped by the webmaster using keywords extraced through your custom logic about the link that was broken, its referrer or its destination.
Pointing the 404 page to a dynamic page is not terribly interesting in itself :-)
Wow, good news! Maybe now I will find out why my 4 years e-commerce website with good ranking in Google, Yahoo and Ask.com - competely ignored by Live.com & now Bing.com/
still too bad...
Google already had this one since a long time.
I have been looking article on 404 error for long time. There were many but not as good as yours thanks.
I developed a custom dynamic 404 pages for my sites. But the error messages don't display with search results seeded with relevant keywords to help your users move past the missing page and find the information they need.
I will try to integrate the Bing API Web Page Error Toolkit, to see if the output will be better.
It's great! I am installing now.
brilliant bing very helpful
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